In the ever-evolving landscape of hip-hop, West Coast artists have consistently left an indelible mark on the genre. One such pioneer is King Tee, whose contributions to rap shaped the sound of the West Coast and solidified his place in hip-hop history. Recently, King Tee appeared as the featured guest on the Dub C & CJ Mac Show, where he delved into his rich L.A. rap roots, discussed his classic album “Act A Fool,” shed light on working with renowned producers DJ Pooh and DJ Bobcat, and shared his experiences as one of the first artists signed to Dr. Dre‘s Aftermath Entertainment.
In 1988, King T released his debut solo album, Act A Fool. Produced by DJ Pooh and DJ Bobcat, the album showcased King Tee’s distinct flow and storytelling abilities. Filled with undeniable West Coast flavor, tracks like “Bass,” “At Your Own Risk,” and “Do You Wanna Go To The Liquor Store?” became classics.
The collaboration between King T, DJ Pooh, and Bobcat was organic and fruitful. DJ Pooh, a fellow Compton native, was instrumental in shaping the West Coast sound, and in working with artists like Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and LL Cool J. Bobcat, known for his production work with artists such as Ice Cube and LL Cool J, brought an inventive and eclectic touch to Act A Fool. Together, they crafted a timeless record that solidified King T’s reputation as a force to be reckoned with in hip-hop.
In the mid-90s, when Dr. Dre assembled his Aftermath Entertainment label after leaving Death Row Records, King Tee became one of the first artists to sign with the legendary producer. Being part of Aftermath allowed King Tee to further explore his creativity and continue pushing the boundaries of West Coast rap. During this stint, King Tee was working on an album called Thy Kingdom Come, and released the project’s lead single and video, “Got It Locked” produced by Bud’da.
Although King T’s Thy Kingdom Come was never officially released on Aftermath, his involvement on the Dr. Dre Presents: The Aftermath compilation with songs like “Fame”, and the Bud’da-produced “Str-8 Gone” helped pave the way for the label to become the music mammoth it is today.
King T’s influence on West Coast hip-hop cannot be overstated. His unique style, combining storytelling, vivid imagery, and a commanding presence, set the stage for subsequent generations of artists. His contributions to albums like Act A Fool and his involvement with Aftermath Entertainment cemented his status as a trailblazer in the genre.